Bar & Nightclub Dress Codes

Apart from making yourself look good for a night out on the town, it is also about making sure you get in.

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Some nightclubs can be super picky with their dress codes. Girls can pretty much get away with anything as long as they don’t look like they just got out of bed, girls just have to be cautious of more formal clubs, as they don’t want you showing too much skin eg, an extremely short skirt.

At Bar Advisor we try to have the most up-to-date info on dress codes for bars and clubs. But they do change all the time. Most clubs have a dress code listed on their website, it is worth taking a look before you go out to be sure that you will get in.

Can nightclubs refuse entry for tattoos?

Yes and No. Some people think it is discriminatory and others say liquor licensees holders can refuse entry to anyone they want.

If you get refused from a bar in 2022 because of your tattoos, it’s probably not your tatts, but your overall look. Everyone has tattoos in 2020 you might just look like trouble. If that’s the look your going for then be happy when you get refused.

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1. Streetwear or no dress code

You are not really going to find many clubs that allow you in wearing streetwear. Streetwear is anything- shorts, singlets, flip flops etc..  

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2. Casual

This is the most laid back you can get for a club,  pretty much anything goes as long as it’s not board shorts and flip flops. Jeans, t-shirt and shoes and you’re in.  The one problem is on busy nights as bars casual dress code can turn into smart casual dress code.

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4. Club Style

Is all about looking good- trendy, clean attire.

Men- Leather shoes are not always a must, but if you have kicks on they need to be nice and $ “yeezys etc”. Nice shirt, but it’s always safer to wear a collar. Pants, khakis or dark stylish jeans (check club dress code some say no jeans). 

Women- Sexy and dressy, jeans are typically out. Dresses and skirts are the safe bet. 

5. Smart Casual & beyond

After casual there are a couple of clothing items that are a definite NO.

  1. Sports shoes and joggers.
  2. Shorts
  3. Sports shirts or jerseys
  4. Baggy jeans, or jeans that hang around your bum
  5. Sports hats and beanies. (Exception: fedoras and similar are usually ok.)
  6. Brands that relate to trouble. If you didn’t know there are brands out there that clubs and bars try to avoid having in their clubs. Just be knowledgeable of your area as you might not be aware that the brand you love may have a past or present history of trouble in that area (sorry we don’t want to mention any brands, but there are lots)
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6. Dressy & Smart Casual

This is a dressed-up versions of casual clothes for men. This generally means if you’re not wearing nice shoes that look trendy you’re not going to get in.

For men pants, khakis, dark jeans with no tears or holes, and a nice shirt no sports jerseys or hoodies and nice shoes leather or trendy.

For women it means a skirt or dressy pants. If jeans are worn, choose a dark wash with no holes or fading. Make sure they look neat and clean. Choose blouses, jackets and shirts that are dressier.

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7. Semi -Formal

This is a club that is a bit more upper-class. The attire is the same as a business or informal wedding. Jeans are out for men and women.

Men – Suit with or without tie.

Women – not too revealing. Classy is a safer bet than sexy. Wear heels instead of shoes or flats.

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7. Formal / black tie

Not too many places are formal or black tie, but there are some wine bars, cocktail clubs and gentlemen’s clubs that are. If you are on the list then you probably are aware of the dress code.

Men – Modern tux or a dark suit and tie.

Women – Cocktail dress, long or short dresses. Heels are a must.

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